US FDA Adds Hand Sanitizer Import Alert Category After COVID-19 Production Surge Turned Deadly
Action responds to methanol contamination in hand sanitizers manufactured in Mexico and marketed in the US under numerous brands that followed a loosening standards for the products to drive a swift increase in production and meet surging demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
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